Public Opinion and Its Organs

Public Opinion and Its Organs

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...armies dragging after them a new artillery, in the shape of printing presses, to beat the enemy at their leisure after the battle was over. How could it be otherwise? When a trust is confided, the detail of management is ascertained only by the conditions laid down for that end. Government, in its present condition, is a trust usurped: it consequently holds its office without conditions, and its first object must be, not to render an account of its stewardship. Since the reign of Charles II the governing men have proceeded upon concealment as a principle. The nation, or say the parliament, fluctuated from sufferance to severity. Assumptions or misuse of power were first encouraged and then visited with terrible vengeance. It came in the form of judicial and parliamentary procedure, so that the terrors of impeachment hung over the head of every man holding office, and prospectively over those who aspired to it. These persons, and they were the consecutive possessors of power, combined--combination was not requisite--to screen themselves. This could be effected only by effacing the evidence of their authorization to public measures, while obtaining the obedience of subordinates without the due formalities. This great revolution has been carried into effect with such perfect success that no one now considers it more than an historical " fact," that is, a step in the natural progress of society. Would men, or parties of them, so engaged, keep printing presses at work to enlighten the people? The triumph of irresponsibility has been won by the organs of publicity? It was the practice to purchase votes; for newspapers, purchase was not needed--they were " JLemember a parliament will come"--words of Lord Bacon to his successor. mere dependants, and the...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236656229
  • 9781236656223